Lungeing is an effective way of adding variety to your horse’s exercise and schooling routine and has many benefits for all horses, including improved balance, suppleness and engagement.Read More
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From hardworking massage therapy rugs to riding tights offering the ultimate in functional style, Horseware has an extensive range of quality products you can trust. Here we showcase
The ultimate all-season turnout rug, the Rambo Duo comes with a detachable liner and a detachable hood so that you can alter the warmth depending on the temperature. This best-selling turnout is now available in a brand new colour – burgundy with duck egg and black.
The outer material is a 1,000-dernier ballistic nylon which is waterproof, breathable, tough and durable. The rug has 100g of warm, heat-retaining thermobonded fibrefill, and a smooth, shine-enhancing anti-static and anti-bacterial polyester lining.
The 300g removable liner also has anti-static and anti-bacterial properties, and stays securely in place due to its liner loop system. A Surefit neck design with a V-front closure ensure the horse has freedom of movement to graze.
Other key features are leg arches, reflective safety strips, a wipe clean tail cord, 100g detachable hood and three secure cross surcingles.
Available in sizes 5’6 to 7’3
Priced at £359.95
Sportz-Vibe ZX Rug
Designed and created by the team who brought you Ice Vibe, Sportz-Vibe ZX is a massage therapy rug for horses. Comfortable, lightweight and portable, this rug is ideal as a warm up or recovery rug as it helps to warm up muscles before work and ease soreness and stiffness afterwards.
Using the latest wireless technology, it allows for a single remote to wirelessly control the integrated massage panels.
Using Sportz-Vibe ZX before exercise can help reduce the risk of injury as increasing blood flow to muscles, tendons and ligaments helps to make them more elastic. It can also help manage every day wear and tear, and help your horse to recover more quickly after hard work.
Sportz-Vibe’s massage action is gentle enough that it won’t over-work your horses’ muscles, but will effectively reduce muscle tension and the removable massage panels mean you can target a specific area.
Massage therapy is one of the oldest known methods of therapy, and is renowned for its ability to promote healing. Massage can help to reduce pain, improve blood supply to tissue, and reduce inflammation in horses that are suffering from long-term muscular back problems. By encouraging the lymph system to move, massage helps to drain inflammation and stimulate repair to damaged tissue.
Available in sizes 5’3 – 7’3
Priced at £561.95
Rambo Ionic Stable Sheet
The inner fabric of the Rambo Ionic Stable sheet is printed with a powdered form of tourmaline. This naturally occurring crystal releases negative ions, which in turn work to strengthen, stimulate and support a horse’s circulatory and endocrine system, increasing blood flow to the brain, muscles and other key parts of the body.
Negative ion therapy not only increases the level of oxygen in the muscles, but also helps to clear toxins from the body. Rambo Ionic technology also restores the pH balance, reduces blood pressure and helps to remove toxins from the body.
Not only can Rambo Ionic technology be used for horses but it can also help humans.
The fabric of the blanket is highly wicking and durable, so it can be used while traveling and in the stable as well as before and after exercise to promote the well-being of the horse.
Available in sizes: 3’9 – 7’3
Priced at £135.95 – 163.95
Horseware Riding Tights
Tried, tested and loved! The Horseware Riding tights are lightweight and breathable, with anti-bacterial and wicking fabric for perfect comfort for riding. These state-of-the-art, multi-functional riding tights include cool mesh side panels as well as micro-fibre knee and inside leg patches for added durability. The streamline design includes side pockets to fit a mobile phone, a smooth self-fabric waist for comfort and reflective logo for improved visibility.
These riding tights are functional, yet stylish and comfortable and are a great choice for hacking, schooling and everyday riding. Available in the brand new limited edition galaxy print, these tights are a must for your wardrobe!
Colours: Limited edition Galaxy print, black and charcoal
Discover the complete range at www.horseware.com
To keep your training on track and ensure you're riding on the bit correctly, take a look at our bridle advice from Emile and the team at Albion Saddlemakers.Read More
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Need some new transport for your horse? Looking for some advice on buying a secondhand trailer? We can help!
If a new trailer isn’t an option, buying secondhand can prove more affordable.
There are plenty of used trailers for sale and you’re sure to find something for your budget, but before you part with your cash, whether you’re buying privately or through a dealer, when you go to view any potential purchase, run through our handy checklist:
What to look for in a secondhand horse trailer
1 First impressions count - does it look clean, tidy and does it fit the description in the ad?
2 All new trailers are security marked and given a unique serial number (usually on the manufacturer’s plate), so check this is genuine.
3 Look for signs of leaking in the roof and check that any ventilation grills or windows are easy to use.
4 Lift any floor matting to check for rot or cracks, and bear in mind aluminium flooring is stronger and lasts longer than wood.
5 Lift any matting on the ramp and check for rot and damage, paying attention to the hinges for signs of wear and tear, too. Ensure it’s easy to lift.
6 Raise and lower the trailer using the jockey wheel, and check that both the electric connection and the trailer’s breakaway cable are in good condition.
7 Test the handbrake and, ideally, ask the seller to hitch the trailer up for a test tow.
8 Once you’re hitched up, check all the lights work, including the indicators, brakes and internal lights.
9 All tyres, including the spare, need to have a good amount of tread (a minimum of 1.6mm – though more than 3mm is ideal). Any uneven wear could signal suspension problems with the trailer.
10. On purchase Ask for a signed receipt that includes the seller’s address.
The best way to cope with whatever the winter throws at you when riding your horse is to invest in the right gear to keep you warm and dry.Read More
Owning a horse that’s to be ridden requires you to have horse tack. Here we run through the key items including, the bridle, saddle and more.Read More
Your riding hat is the most important piece of equestrian kit you’ll buy so, if yours is damaged or you’re in the market for a new one use our helpful buyer’s guide to choose the right riding helmet.
Riding hat safety standards
When you’re deciding on a new hat, first and foremost consider what activities you do with your horse.
If you compete you’ll need to check the rules of each governing body (e.g. British Eventing or British Showjumping) to ensure that the hat you want to buy is allowed.
In addition you must be up to date on hat standards. Here’s what’s
EN1384 1996 / BSEN 1384 1997/ BSEN1384 2012 (with or without Kitemark mark)
This range of standards can still be worn for hacking and hunting but as of 2016, most riding bodies no longer allow you to compete wearing this standard of hat.
VG1 (with or without Kitemark or IC Mark)
Developed by Vertical Group 1, who test and certify hats around Europe, this testing specification is based on the EN1384, but with additional requirements and testing procedures to bring it up to a level similar to PAS015.
PAS015: 2011 (with or without Kitemark mark or IC Mark)
This stands for Product Approval Specification (PAS) and was developed by the British Standards Institute (BSI).
This standard was revised in 2011 to include testing at an increased drop height and several other amendments to improve the performance of this standard.
This standard was developed in America by the Snell Institute.
It’s a higher performance standard which includes all aspects of the American Society for testing and Materials (ASTM) and PAS 015 but with the addition of testing with a sharper horseshoe anvil (to replicate a horse kick or impact with a sharp surface).
It’s also been tested for higher impacts and with an additional hemispherical anvil to represent an uneven but not a sharp surface such as a fence or tree.
Ensure your riding hat fits
Comfort and fit are essential and, as different brands offer varying styles and fittings, it’s vital to use a qualified hat fitter to help you find a hat that suits your head.
After all, only a properly fitted riding hat will provide you with the maximum level of protection in the event of a fall.
Your hat should fit your head snugly with the front sitting no more than about 11/2in or two fingers above your eyebrows.
If your hat can be easily dislodged when the chinstrap is fastened, it’s too big. It’s also important to note that there’s no guarantee a second hand hat comes damage free so always buy new.
With a huge choice of rugs available it can be pretty daunting choosing the right one for your horse.Read More
Horse rug jargon can be confusing, but fear not! We're on hand to help you out.
If you're confused and struggle to know your denier from your taped seams, our easy-to-understand jargon buster will help you understand all those commonly used rug terms you’ll come across when you’re choosing a winter horse rug.
Rip-stop - This is the fabric’s ability to contain rips and tears. It doesn’t mean your rug wont’ rip but the thread pattern runs in two directions that helps prevent a rip from spreading once it starts.
Ballistic nylon - Similar to rip-stop, ballistic nylon fabric is very strong, durable and more resistant to tearing.
Denier - This tells you how durable the rug is likely to be.
The higher the denier, the tougher and heavier the fabric. For example, 1200 denier and above is very strong. 600 denier is everyday strength.
Waterproof - This refers to the outer material’s ability to stop water passing through the run and on to your horse.
The outer fabric is treated to be waterproof and this will diminish with use, but with correct cleaning and re-proofing you rug will keep its waterproof properties.
Breathable - This is the rug’s ability to allow sweat to wick away, passing through the fabric to the outside, to keep your horse dry and comfortable.
Taped seams - When two pieces of material are sewn together the needle leaves holes in the fabric which allow water to seep in.
Taping seams is when a waterproof tape is applied and sealed to ensure the seam is watertight.
Filling - This is usually referred to in grams. The higher the gram of fill, the warmer the rug will be.
Standard neck - The neck of the rug stops at your horse’s withers, leaving his neck uncovered.
High neck - The neck extend beyond the withers, but doesn’t cover all of your horse’s neck.
Combo style - This style of rug has an integral neck cover that cannot be removed.
Detachable neck - This rug comes with (or sometimes has to be bought separately) a neck cover that can be removed, giving you the versatility of having two rugs in one.
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